Weekly: Typhoon Yolanda Relief, Hackathons and Software releases

Deployment of the week This week, we recognise the efforts of the team at Volontaires internationaux en soutien aux opérations virtuelles (VISOV), who are crowdsourcing images of destruction and aid deployment in the wake of the Typhoon Yolanda in Philippines. This deployment, much like all other efforts being ran out there, will go a long […]

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Ushahidi via USSD

The mobile phone has been at the core of Ushahidi’s strategy when building tools for citizen engagement. Its ubiquitous nature makes it the easiest tool to use and ensure that a vast majority of citizens can actively participate. We’ve seen this to be the case in many past Ushahidi deployments, such as Uchaguzi( deployment to […]

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3Vs Crowdsourcing Framework for Elections launched

[Guest post cross-posted from Ihub Research. About the author: Angela Crandall studies the uptake and increasing utility of ICTs in East Africa from a user’s perspective. Angela is currently a Research Manager at iHub and also co-lead of Waza Experience, an iHub community initiative aimed at prompting under-privileged children to explore innovation and entrepreneurship concepts […]

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Process Matters: How Inclusion Can Be a Feedback Game Changer

[Guest Post by Patricia Dorsher is the Feedback Labs Launch Editor at Ashoka and James E. Jernberg Public Service Fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Feedback Labs is a consortium of like-minded organizations, including Ashoka and Ushahidi, who are committed to citizen engagement in the fields of aid, philanthropy, and development. A previous […]

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Hopeful Action: An anthropological take on Ushahidi, Digital Activism and Hope

[Guest Post by Maria Grabowski. Maria Grabowski holds a M.Sc. in social anthropology from the University of Copenhagen. Based on fieldwork in Cairo and Nairobi, her Master Thesis from 2013 explores Ushahidi through an anthropological take on social movements, digital activism and hope. Maria has also been active in various groups within Global Voices Online, […]

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Weekly: Urban Planning, Disaster Preparedness and Ushahidi at OSCON !

From increasing transparency of urban planning projects in Prague, to creating awareness on disaster preparedness in Indonesia and Geeking out at OSCON(among others), here’s your weekly fix of all things Ushahidi and community. Deployment of the week This week, we recognise two amazing projects as deployments of the week. MediaCenter creates awareness about distasters in […]

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Uchaguzi Data Clean Up

Data cleansing, data cleaning or data scrubbing is the process of detecting and correcting (or removing) corrupt or inaccurate records from a record set, table, or database. Used mainly in databases, the term refers to identifying incomplete, incorrect, inaccurate, irrelevant, etc. parts of the data and then replacing, modifying, or deleting this dirty data. After […]

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Cameras as Evidence: What does it mean for Ushahidians?

Deep in the mountains of Italy, Centro d’Ompio, we sat in a circle brainstorming Cameras as Evidence. What would it take to collect a good and actionable citizen report using photos or video? Lead by Chris Michael of Witness, we discussed and brainstormed. The Witness team and some of the participants have amazing experience in […]

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Weekly: Crowdmap on Android, and Upcoming Releases

In this week’s regular update: 3.0 hit team meets up with the community at ICT4D London new Crowdmap features an Android app to make it easier to load Crowdmap on your device and SMSSync release coming up! Deployment of the week This week we recognise Lakatlan as our deployment of the week. This map is […]

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